Maria Yakubovich

Maria Yakubovich
Russian Language Lecturer
Cobb 514
Office Hours: By Appointment
M.A., University of Chicago, 2003. M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2001.
Teaching at UChicago since 2003
Research Interests: Foreign language pedagogy, teaching methodologies, heritage language instruction, bilingualism


I have been teaching Russian language at the University of Chicago since 2003. I have worked as a Language Assistant for all levels and as a Lecturer for first year, second year and for the Russian for Heritage Speakers class. I am a certified ACTFL OPI tester (full certification), received September 2015.

Previously Taught Courses

  • First-Year Russian
  • Second-Year Russian
  • Russian for Heritage Learners

Current Courses

RUSS 10103 First-Year Russian I

This course introduces modern Russian to students who would like to speak Russian or to use the language for reading and research. All four major communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) are stressed. Students are also introduced to Russian culture through readings, videos, and class discussions. This year-long course prepares students for the College Language Competency Exam, for continued study of Russian in second-year courses, and for study or travel abroad in Russian-speaking countries. Conversation practice is held twice a week.

2020-2021 Autumn